Summer Studies Program

USINDO runs an intensive ten-week language and cultural studies program held from June to August, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.  It is open to current U.S. undergraduate juniors (entering their senior year in the Fall following the program), seniors, graduate students, and recent U.S. college and university graduates (within six months), selected in a competitive application process.

The Summer Studies program course usually begins in June and ends in August, including a 10-day term break to accommodate the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

In addition to the language course, field trip, and cultural program, the program will now include a possibility of short internship/volunteer work opportunities with local organizations in Yogyakarta.

The 2016 Summer Studies Program Applications are available for download here.  In addition to completing the Application Cover Page form, students are required to submit a 1-page personal statement, resume, transcript(s), and one letter of recommendation. For complete information on the program, please read below or download the information sheet here.

Complete applications must be received by March 31, 2016 in order to be considered. Admission decisions will be made by mid-April 2016 and may be subject to change due to the availability of program funding. Additional questions can be directed to


The 2014 Summer Studies Participants

Additional photos of the USINDO Summer Studies Program can be accessed here or here.

For stories and articles of our past Summer Studies Fellows please click here.

Yogyakarta Orientation

When students arrive in Yogya, they will stay in a hotel for two nights before moving in with their host families to ease them into the new setting. In-country program coordinator welcomes the students to Yogya and introduces them to program staff, who will be assisting the students throughout their time in Yogya. Program staff organize a welcome dinner with all the host families giving everyone the opportunity to meet one another before “move-in day”. Students also meet with their tutors and together they will participate in USINDO-PCMI ‘Amazing Race’ Yogya. Our language study institution provider hosts an official opening ceremony to introduce the students to the instructors and launch the language program. Placement exams are also given for those students wanting to participate in the intermediate level class.


The language program typically offers two class levels: beginner and intermediate.

Typical class schedule is held Monday – Friday from 8 a.m to 11 a.m. and covers:

•   Reading & Vocabulary

•    Grammar and Writing

•    Speaking

Private tutorials are held every Monday and Wednesday after regular classes with Indonesian graduate students. Each USINDO student gets paired with a tutor to practice Bahasa Indonesia and assist with homework and daily life activities (such as going to the market and taking students around campus).

Special Lectures

USINDO, with input from students, will organize lectures on special topics. Special lectures are typically only organized upon request.

Cultural Workshops

Students are able to get first hand experience of the Indonesian culture through several workshops. Examples of cultural workshops in the past include gamelan (traditional musical ensemble), batik (textile dyeing technique), dance, martial arts, cooking, and wayang (shadow puppets performance). Students can also watch cultural performances such as gamelan and wayang.

Field Trips

As part of the learning experience, in-country program staff organizes two to three weekend trips in and around central Java. Past program field trips have included visits to various candi or ancient temple such as Borobudur, Prambanan, Sukuh, and Ceto, as well as to batik factories, gamelan makers, antique markets, and the surrounding palaces. The program also includes visits to local organizations and institutions. USINDO will select organizations to visit that match, to the extent possible, with students’ interests.

Practicum Period

During the middle of the program students will have a week break from classes and workshops. Students are allowed to travel within Indonesia during this time to conduct research or for leisure.

Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs during the practicum.

Program Supporting Staff

Our local program coordinator, Purna Caraka Muda Indonesia (PCMI) Yogyakarta, has received high praise from students and host families alike for their ability to translate cultural differences and their efforts to make themselves available to students at all times on any topic. USINDO’s office in Jakarta also assists in managing program logistics, monitor student progress, and is an important point of contact for friends and family, while the USINDO Washington office liaises with students and their universities to ensure proper credit is received for the program.

Health Insurance

USINDO purchases health insurance from HTH Worldwide and will pay for the premium for each student for 3 months coverage (June, July, August). Students will be responsible for any deductible payments.


USINDO will process the student visas at the Embassy of Indonesia in Washington, DC.

Students MUST possess a passport that is valid at least until 2016, AND must have at least four blank visa pages in their passport.


USINDO purchases roundtrip air tickets to Yogyakarta for students from any city in theUS. Travel arrangements are made by USINDO.

Past Program Images